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Amazon / X-Bull / X-Traction / Offroad Boar 4WD Recovery Boards?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by steveo27, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. Aug 30, 2019 at 3:13 PM
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    rcansley

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    I think I'm sold on the xbulls!
     
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  2. Sep 2, 2019 at 6:24 AM
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    This is exactly the way I feel with the Maxsa Escaper buddy. They work great and have gotten me outta several sticky situations as well as helped recover several vehicles when the snow hits but when it comes to stacking they are not the greatest. Sometimes I would use them as a leveler when trying to level my rig for camping in my RTT. They just don't seat really well.
     
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  3. Sep 2, 2019 at 8:05 AM
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    Some of the things...
    I'll toss in my opinion just to add. I have the $70 xbulls and have used them for 4 sand recoveries, leveling blocks at camp for my rtt, and most recently a snow recovery (in july here in co). They work great and there is no way in hell I'd drop $300 on Maxtrax unless I was overseas on some crazy month long expedition. Mine show some white marks where they have been stressed but the knobs are still in good shape and I'll use them untill they snap. I used the money I saved there to buy a winch line extension.
     
  4. Jan 8, 2020 at 6:57 PM
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  5. Jan 9, 2020 at 1:15 AM
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    Kidwidataco

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    Hmmmm. I really 100 percent dont need these, but the one time I do would make these pay for themselves
     
  6. Jan 9, 2020 at 4:47 AM
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    mZiggy

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    I've used my boards twice, they were definitely nice to have.
     
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  7. Jan 9, 2020 at 9:12 AM
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    Kidwidataco

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    I dont have a winch, so anything that could help if I was stuck would be worth it
     
  8. Jan 9, 2020 at 4:45 PM
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    steveo27

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    The same shit everyone else has.
    I still haven’t used mine. Don’t regret buying them though.


    I camp/hunt/fish/hike/do shit in the woods alone 90% of the time. I drive in some sketchy places. I don’t have a winch either. These boards plus a good shovel give me a little peace of mind.
     
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  9. Jan 16, 2020 at 12:18 PM
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    iK0NiK

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    I was super surprised at how nice the Xbulls were for the money. I think I gave like $54 with free shipping from eBay. They're stout and look great.

    As others have said, they don't stack small, but a 2 stack wasn't taller than my rifle case up top so I didn't mind.
     
  10. May 7, 2020 at 6:37 PM
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    I have a set of the 3rd gen Xbulls. This winter I intentionally dug into the snow/mud then put my back tires into the holes. Threw it in 2wd and turned off all traction aids. Truck crawled right out. Of course I got stuck 6 feet later lol but they work really well. I’ve also driven over them at low and high speeds just to see it they’d fall apart but so far they look new. They are like $60 on eBay right now too.

    one thing I’d suggest. If it’s bitterly cold and the boards are frozen solid, it might be smart to throw them in the heated cab for a few minutes. It seems like the few failures I’ve seen have been from temps well below freezing.
     
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  11. May 8, 2020 at 5:28 AM
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    That topper really fits well with the styling of your truck. Nice truck.
     
  12. May 8, 2020 at 6:14 AM
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    Thanks. Love that topper, I've had it for two and a half, almost three years now
     
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  13. Jun 28, 2020 at 12:58 PM
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    Yakima outpost HD Bed Rack, Raptor Lights,
    For those with a Yakima setup and Xbull Recovery Boards mounting.

    I mounted my Xbull Recovery Boards on the under side of my Yakima Outpost HD with the Yakima Recovery Track Mounts.

    Secure as in not lose but still need to put a pad lock on there.

    Hope this helps someone looking for a mounting solution for Yakima and Xbull.

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  14. Jun 28, 2020 at 1:10 PM
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    I see everyone is into ordering it in bright orange and bolting it to the outside of the truck to show off, attract thieves, and ruin aerodynamics.

    Post up if you figure out how to mount it to the front of the bed using T-nuts

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  15. Jun 28, 2020 at 1:15 PM
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    guerilla223

    guerilla223 SR5 first trip Death Valley

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    Yeah I agree about it standing out...i didn't care for the orange either. As you can see in my post they are mounted on the under side of my Yakima HD Outpost. Low key and it blends in.
     
  16. Jun 28, 2020 at 4:04 PM
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  17. Jul 3, 2020 at 12:27 PM
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    thanks for all the real world reviews! I figured worse case scenario if these get torn up, I can always buy the $300 later

    found them for $60 shipped on eBay- I went with black too
     
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  18. Jul 3, 2020 at 12:35 PM
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    RadioTaco

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    MaxTrax aren't worth the money in my opinion. They stack nice, but thats about it. You are going to ruin the studs on them if they cost 300 or 75 bucks. Thats why MaxTrax has a new version where you can replace the studs for metal ones.

    I bought 4 recovery boards, for 110 bucks. When they go bad or get broken I'll buy 4 more and still haven't spent what it costs for a pair of maxtrax.
     
  19. Aug 18, 2020 at 11:57 PM
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